MARA, ex ARCADIA, is hull number 8 of a total of 9 Able Apogees built by the famed Able Marine in Maine. Able was then sold to Morris where they continued to build this most popular blue water performance cruiser as the Morris 51.
MARA is designed and built for long distance passage making with an emphasis on ocean going comfort as well as performance. With only 6’ of draft she is capable of cruising most parts of the world.
MARA is set up for safe, short-handed sailing. All lines are led aft to a well protected cockpit which has a solid dodger over the companionway.
A powerful autopilot, electric primary and main halyard winches, uncluttered decks, roller furling for the headsail and roller furling for the staysail make MARA a breeze to sail. Clicking off 200 mile plus days under sail should be considered a common experience.
Below decks are 3 generous sleeping cabins with sea bunks aft, a proper “U” shaped sea galley, large navigation station, walk in engine space and handrails everywhere. For safety at sea, no one space below deck is too large yet all cabins remain most comfortable.
For a “go anywhere, do anything” boat, add MARA to your list of must see vessels.
The FRP hull is hand laminated in one piece using a single-element female mold. Materials include a combination of non-woven biaxial glass, unidirectional roving and Kevlar reinforcement in particularly stressed areas such as the forward position of the hull and the turn of the bilge at mid-keel. The core consists of Baltek one-inch CK-100 end-grain balsa below the waterline and CK-57 between the waterline and the sheer. Notably, hull core is omitted in all areas of thru-hull penetration in lieu of solid glass. Resin throughout the hull is 100-percent vinylester. A system of stringers and structural floors is glassed in immediately after the last layer of laminate to ensure a strong primary bond. Additionally, all major bulkheads are bonded to the hull and deck, with Airex foam fillets to optimize cohesion.
Epoxy bottom barrier coat (2016)
Awlgrip green topsides
Water-tight bulkheads forward and aft
Sugar scoop transom for easy boarding
The hull-deck joint is accomplished by means of a double inward flange, an anodized and perforated aluminum toe rail, thru-bolts and 3M-5200 sealant/adhesive. The deck itself utilizes polyester resin and is cored with one-inch Baltek end-grain balsa except where solid glass is built up in areas of hardware attachment. Deck fittings are thru-bolted and carried by G-10 backing plates. Each chain plate is engineered to carry more than the entire weight of the boat at any given time.
Hard dodger over forward end of cockpit with extra thick Isinglass
Handrails on dodger, port, starboard and aft
Anchor locker forward with deck access
Stainless steel stem head fitting with double anchor rollers
Aluminum anodized toe rail
3 x pair of stainless steel mooring cleats, forward, midships and aft
Stainless steel bow and stern rails
Stainless steel stanchions, extra height
1 x 19 stainless steel wire double lifelines
Lifeline gates port and starboard
Lewmar electric windlass with chain gypsy
Sissy bars at mast partners.
Teak handrails on coach roof
Staysail tracks on top of coachroof with lead blocks
Genoa tracks on side decks with line adjustable lead blocks
Mainsail traveler track forward of hard dodger (re-engineered 2021)
2 x double headsail sheet blocks aft
Bail at base of mast to secure unused halyards
Radar antenna post aft
8 x opening deck hatches
Bimini over cockpit
Teak cockpit table folds against pedestal
High teak backrests behind cockpit seating with lockers inside
2 x cockpit lockers
4 x teak cup holders at pedestal
Cork decking on cockpit seats
Emergency steering position on helm seat
All Lewmar and self-tailing
1 x #48, electric main halyard
2 x #64, electric primary (electrified in 2021)
2 x #48, utility
2 x #44, utility on mast
Sleeps 6 in 3 separate sleeping cabins plus 1 in the saloon for a total of 7. 2 heads. Cherry furniture throughout with white Herreshoff type paneling to brighten the interior. Teak and holly cabin sole. Vinyl overhead removable panels. 6’4” headroom throughout most of the interior.
Located in the bow. Offset double to port with filler to starboard increasing the size of the bunk. Maple staving lines the inside of the hull. Shelving forward and to starboard. Fixed windows in the hull. Drawers under the bunk. Storage traps starboard side. Hanging locker aft to starboard with shelf over and an additional locker forward. 2 reading lights on aft bulkhead. Hella fan. 110volt outlet. Stereo speakers in aft bulkhead. Separate air conditioning control panel.
Located on the port side immediately aft of the Forward Cabin. Accessed from the forward cabin only. Electric head with holding tank. Stainless steel sink with hot and cold water. Telephone type shower. Teak grating in the floor. Teak hinged fold down seat that fits over the head. Locker outboard over the head. Locker under sink. Mirror on aft bulkhead.
Located immediately aft of the forward cabin and head. Straight 2 person settee to starboard with lockers outboard and over settee backrest. Shelf outboard of lockers. Chest of drawers forward of settee. 2 fixed windows in the hull. “L” shaped settee to port surrounding a dining table on the centerline with drop leaves both sides. Storage in the center part of the table. Storage lockers outboard and above the port settee back rest. Shelf outboard of the lockers. Handrails on the forward bulkhead. Mast steps immediately forward of the table. Reading lights forward and aft, port and starboard. Hella fan. Air-conditioning vent. Stereo speakers. Handrails overhead, port and starboard.
Located aft of the saloon on the port side. “U” shaped with access from the dinette. Ample counter-top surfaces. Force 10 (2018), 4 x burner LPG stove with oven outboard and with remote solenoid shutoff. 2 x stainless steel sinks inboard with hot and cold water faucets. Seagull water filter faucet. Foot pumps for fresh and sea water. 2 x large drawers forward. Lockers outboard. Shelf outboard of lockers. Frigaboat 12volt DC fridge and freezer. Top and side load fridge aft. Top load freezer aft. Microwave oven mounted on aft bulkhead with lockers above. Trash container.
Located opposite the galley and on the starboard side. Facing outboard. Shelf outboard and above. 2 x drawers forward. Large chart drawer under desktop. Additional lifting desktop to access more storage. Fiddle rails on desktop. Swing out seat. Handrail on aft bulkhead. Navigation instruments outboard. 110volt outlet. Hella fan.
Located immediately aft of the navigation station and on the starboard side. Accessed from either the aft starboard guest cabin or the common area between the galley and navigation station. Separate stall shower. Electric head with holding tank. Stainless steel sink with hot and cold water. Additional telephone type shower in head area. Lockers outboard and under sink. Mirror outboard.
Located immediately aft of the Aft Head. Double bed. Seat forward with locker outboard. Drawers under forward end of bunk. Shelf aft of bunk. Fixed hull window. Handrail inboard. Hella fan. Reading light.
Located immediately aft of the galley and on the port side. 2 x single bunk beds. Drawers under the lower bunk. Locker and drawers forward. 2 x fixed windows in hull. Hella fan. Reading light. Access panels to the engine space inboard. Watertight door in aft bulkhead allowing access to mechanical space aft.
Yanmar 4JH2-DTE, 87HP, 3000 hours+-
Hurth “V“ drive transmission
3 blade feathering Max Propeller
Stainless steel propeller shaft
PSS shaft seal
Dual Racor fuel filters
6 x dorade vents strategically located on deck.
Universal Aqua Watermaker, 500 gallons per day
Reverse cycle air conditioning with 1 x 16,000btu and 1 x 8,000btu unit
Webasto forced air diesel heating
DC fridge and freezer
Water heater, 15 gallons
3 x automatic bilge pumps with automatic and manual modes
2x manual bilge pumps, 1 in cockpit, 1 under saloon floor
1 x engine belt driven emergency bilge pump
High water alarm
30 Amp shore power deck inlet
3 x 4D Lithium-Ion house batteries with about 900amp hours
1 x Group 31 series North Star AGM engine start battery
AC and DC electrical panel at base of companionway steps
110volt outlets with GFCI
1 x 250amp high output alternator
1 x 60amp high output alternator
2 x 50’ shore power cords
Magnum Power inverter/charger
Solar panel on top of dodger
Red lighting throughout
Standard Horizon VHF
Icom IC M802 SSB
B&G touch screen chart plotter/radar displays at helm and nav station (2021)
2 x B&G H3000 MFDs for speed and depth
B&G autopilot with control at nav station and remote at helm
Ritchie 6” pedestal compass
Aluminum keel stepped mast with double spreaders and storm trysail track
Aluminum boom with rails to create a Park Avenue affect
Stainless steel standing rod rigging (inspected 2021)
Roller furling for headsail
Roller furling for inner forestay with working jib
Furlex roller furlers for both headsails
Slab reefing for mainsail
Mainsail reefed from cockpit
German mainsheet system (2021)
Carbon fiber GMT spinnaker pole mounted on mast
All running rigging led aft to the cockpit
Much of the running rigging was replaced (2021)
Quantum full batten mainsail (2017)
Quantum roller furling headsail (2017)
Quantum roller furling screecher (2017)
Quantum asymmetric spinnaker with sock
2 x automatic fire suppression systems
Hand-held dry chemical fire extinguisher
AB RIB, 9’
15HP Honda outboard engine
Switlik life raft (2023)
First aid kit
Carbon monoxide detectors
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Newport, Rhode Island, United States